Minister Kitutu decries Food Shortage In Buhweju
The Minister of State for Environment Hon. Mary Goretti Kitutu has shown a concern over the increased number of eucalyptus tree planting in Buhweju district that is leading to food shortage in the area.
Minister kitutu says many people in the area have only concentrated on tree planting leaving out growing food for their families according the education officers report.
Minister noted this during the visiting of new board members of National Environmental Management Authority in the district of Buhweju as the source of river Nile that supplies water in most parts of south western region.
she has directed the district natural resource officer work with community to ensure that they reduce on the plantation of eucalyptus tree which is also moderate in conserving the environment because all most all the area in the district are occupied by eucalyptus tree.
She went ahead and noted that many people have encroached on the wetlands by tuning into farms calling farmers to graze the little cattle they can and this can be solved through training farmers to change their mind set.
The RDC Buhweju Emmy katera Turyabagyenyi noted that there is a political laxity in protecting the environment as most of the work if left to the RDCS.
Turyabagyenyi says there is need to revise the laws noting that some people are arrested and later released giving an example of one grace kansiime one of the great encroacher who has several been arrested even proc and released and nothing has not been done.
Some of the restoration wetlands include kanyabukaza, Nyakishwojwa among others.